Holi is one such festival of colours that is being widely celebrated across all over India. However, Holi celebrations in Mathura and Vrindavan are considered to be a special treat for everyone. It is being celebrated with full of enthusiasm by the local people along with iant colours being spread around. In this article, we will be discussing the major highlights of Holi celebrations in Mathura and Vrindavan.
Anyone who gets a chance to attend the enthusiastic Holi celebrations in Brigbhoomi will never lose such an opportunity. Visiting this holy place on the occasion of Holi is a treat in itself. Mathura is a birthplace of Lord Krishna and Vrindavan is the place where he grew up in his childhood that is being located about 11 km away from Mathura. Holi is considered to be such a great and huge festival that its celebrations start a week before and continue for a few days after the actual day of the festival.
As per the legend, it is believed that Lord Krishna visited Radha’s village on this special day and had offended the women of Barsana chasing him away. And since that time only, many of the men from Nandgaon Lord Krishna’s village especially make a visit to Barsana in order to play Holi in the town. Also, women are being asked to beat up these men with sticks trying to protect themselves.
Bankey Bihari temple is considered to be the hub of Holi celebrations in Vrindavan. This temple has been built in the 19th century having four gates, among which three of them are for entry and only one for exit purpose are being used. Holi celebrations in Bankey Bihari starts off with Phoolon ki Holi and ends up with colours and gulal being spread out around.
Experiencing Holi celebration in such a holy place is extremely enriching and a once in a lifetime experience. However, capturing it through a lens requires a lot of tact and patience as a professional photographer.
The life of widows living in Vrindavan is being followed by strictest rules and regulations. Widow Holi has been introduced in order to add some colours to white lives of widows. In widow’s Holi, all the widows living in Vrindavan will come out of their homage and play colours at Pagal Baba Widow Ashram.
Holika Dehan is nothing but burning off the mannequin of Holika. One of the biggest effigies is being burnt out at the Holi Gate followed by many of the cultural programs. On every small cross-road, there will be a small intimate function where women come and pray to Lord.